The Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday signed free-agent defenseman Rob Scuderi to a four-year contract, with an average annual value of $3.375 million.

Scuderi started his career with the Penguins, but had spent the past four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings.

Scuderi was a fifth-round pick of the Penguins in the 1998 NHL Draft and spent his first five seasons with them. He and Hal Gill formed the team's top shut-down defense pairing when the Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009.

That summer he signed a four-year deal with the Kings, and helped Los Angeles win the franchise's first Cup in 2012.

Scuderi, 34, had 12 points in 48 games in 2012-13, while averaging 21:47 per game in ice time, third-most on the team. He was second on the team in the postseason with an average ice time of 23:48 per game. In 12 NHL seasons, Scuderi, 34, has 86 points and a plus-17 rating in 585 games.